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Friday 23 August 2019

Darren Kennedy: Purple patch


Roland Mouret AW17
Roland Mouret AW17
Statement Earring, €7 Penneys
Draped dress, €49.99 H&M
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

The season's must-have colour that flatters all skin tones.

Royal flush

Some wondered if fashion's love affair with purple for autumn/winter was an ode to the late singer Prince? Either way, the opulent hue is now the reigning colour of the season. Shades of lilac, lavender, aubergine and plum permeated the runways.

Historically, purple was only worn by an elite few - think princely robes and papal vestments. But this season it's for everyone as it breaks through as the key colour.

London-based designer Christopher Kane opted for the shade in holographic pleating while Mulberry presented it in dramatic, voluminous tiers and crochet knits contrasted with shades of mustard. Roland Mouret chose a soft lilac as he presented his 20th anniversary dresses in a celebratory catwalk show in London. There's a shade of purple to suit and flatter every skin tone out there, so this trend is accessible to all.

Top tip

Want to make a statement? Team purple with a pop of yellow. Purple is yellow’s complementary hue on the colour wheel, so they definitely make a striking, yet harmonious, colour combo.

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